Ocean Career: Oceanographer at the National Science Foundation
Company: ECO Magazine
Posted on: January 26, 2023
Ocean Career: Oceanographer at the National Science Foundation
ECO Posted On October 7, 2021 The National Science Foundation is
seeking qualified candidates for an Oceanographer (Program
Director) position for the Integrative Programs Section (IPS), in
the Division of Oceansciences (OCE) within the Directorate for
Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA. OCE supports basic research and
education to further understanding of all aspects of the global
oceans and their interactions with the earth and the atmosphere.
The division also offers opportunities to participate in global
change research programs and other focus programs. OCE supports the
operation, acquisition, construction, and conversion of major
shared-use oceanographic facilities needed to carry out
oceanographic-related research programs. The incumbent is a member
of the Integrative Programs Section (IPS) of OCE and serves as the
Program Director of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)
Program. The OOI Program Director will work closely with other
Program Directors in IPS who collectively manage OCE's research
infrastructure facilities, and coordinate with the OCE Science
Program Directors on opportunities for OOI Program engagement with
the science community to support cutting edge scientific research
and technological developments. The IPS portfolio supports a broad
range of programs in research infrastructure and observations
facilities, ocean technology development, and ocean education. The
OOI Program Director will also interact with members of the NSF
Large Facilities Office (LFO) on matters pertaining to the
management of NSF Major Facilities. Major Duties and
Responsibilities Program Planning and Management :
- Plan and implement allocation of funds to meet program
requirements effectively and efficiently within the limits of
- Manage the NSF Oversight responsibilities for the management
and operation of the program.
- Plan, implement, and monitor program actions to meet fiscal and
- Coordinate with the Division of Acquisition and Cooperative
Support (DACS) to administer the Cooperative Agreements (CA) for
the Management & Operation of the program.
- Coordinate with the Office of the Assistant Director for
Geosciences (GEO) and the LFO on the administration of NSF policies
and procedures for oversight of major facilities as applicable to
- Conduct necessary risk management activities such as the
planning, identification, analysis, mitigation, and monitoring of
risks through a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools.
- Utilize knowledge of agency policies in order to process
proposals in a timely and appropriate manner, ensure that adequate
documentation is provided for all proposal actions, and to maintain
appropriate proposal review procedures and post-award monitoring
processes. Ensure that all activities that may impact other
programs are appropriately communicated to responsible staff.
Representation, Communication, and Leadership :
- Represent the program within the scientific community
accurately reflecting NSF policies and positions.
- Inform the Division and Directorate leadership regarding the
significant outcomes of the program and developments and trends in
- Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other
Federal agencies to pursue the overall NSF mission. Participate in
staff, panel, committee, and other meetings to provide input
relevant to Program and/or Division areas.
- Pursue affirmative action and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
(DE&I) goals. This can be achieved by establishing an inclusive
environment where both organizational and cultural awareness are
demonstrated, and all perspectives are considered.
- Pursue and/or be responsive to assignments to special projects
and temporary function teams across the Foundation to solve
problems, improve staff communication, and affect special programs'
- Contribute ideas and efforts towards improving the quality of
NSF policies and achievement of the overall mission.
- Contribute to the development of policies and plans for
strengthening support of ocean research infrastructure,
observations facilities, technological developments, and ocean
- Utilize the ability to demonstrate knowledge in a logical,
organized, concise, and compelling manner through verbal and
written communication to advise, inform, persuade, present, and
defend actions. Apply the skill to tailor the message to the
intended audience with the appropriate tone, style, and delivery.
Apply the expertise to use these communications to persuade and
connect with stakeholders to reach agreements in concurrence with
NSF's positions and decisions.
- Provide effective communication and cooperation and the ability
to interact in a thoughtful, transparent, and respectful manner to
minimizes disputes and disagreement. Professional Development :
- Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in program
and related areas through participation in professional
- Maintain familiarity with salient current research facilities,
technology developments, and scientific and engineering best
practices in order to make decisions with minimal supervision using
evidence to weigh options and forecast outcomes. Requirements
Conditions of Employment
- Background investigation.
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants,
unless exempt. It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or
IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign
government talent recruitment programs (Foreign Talent
Definitions). Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result
in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal
Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the
Office of Inspector General. You will need to successfully complete
a background security investigation before you can be appointed
into this position. All online applicants must provide a valid
email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox
is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication
that could affect your consideration for this position. This
position is in the bargaining unit. Qualifications Candidates must
have a Master's degree in an Ocean Science, plus after award of the
degree, eight or more years of successful research, research
administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the
position. Application Deadline: October 25, 2021
Salary: $148,933 to $190,947 per year
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